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Emmerdale: Their Finest Hour [Paperback]

Lance Parkin
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4 Jun 2001
It is 1941 and when war comes to the Yorkshire village of Beckindale, life changes irrevocably for many of the inhabitants of the village and of Emmerdale Farm. When the villagers discover that the RAF is planning to build an airfield in the local area, they are shocked and horrified at the intrusion to village life that is sure to ensue. Annie Pearson is engaged to long-time love Jacob Sugden. Annie is torn - she may be engaged to Jacob but it hasn't stopped her falling for George and the high life she enjoys when she is with him. She is forced to make a harrowing decision between the two men. It is a decision that will change her life for ever. Young Betty Prendaghast was keeping her romance with local bad boy Seth Armstrong, secret from her strict parents. When he discovers that his beloved daughter is running around with the resident poacher, it seems they'll do anything to stop this unsuitable match. Will Betty find the strength to defy her father and follow her own heart? And the other villagers have their own problems - how will the young evacuees and Land Girls adapt to life in Beckindale? As the months roll on, the local RAF airfield becomes strangely part of daily life in the village, and despite reservations at first, the occupants of Beckindale bid a fond farewell to pilots from RAF Emmerdale as they bravely embark on their first bombing mission. But in the back of their minds there's always the dark question. Will they return? Written with the warmth and humour that is a strength of the programme, and yet with the pace and passion of a wartime love story Emmerdale - Their Finest Hour is a compelling read for all Emmerdale fans.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd (4 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233999191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233999197
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lance Parkin is a British author, best known for writing fiction and reference books for television series, in particular Doctor Who (and spin-offs including the Virgin New Adventures and Faction Paradox) and Emmerdale. He also worked on the Emmerdale television series as a production assistant.
Parkin has a regular column, "Beige Planet Lance" in the Doctor Who fanzine Enlightenment, which is published by the Doctor Who Information Network.

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About the Author

Lance Parkin has written nine previous novels, including Emmerdale: Mandy's Secret Diary. He is a former storyline writer for Emmerdale, and lives in a Yorkshire village.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good idea, and a good story 23 May 2012
By Rory Q
YES I admit to being a massive Emmerdale fan - luckily I didn't have much street cred to begin with!

I think this is definitely intended for the more hardcore fans, and especially the ones who remember or know about the earlier years, as there are plenty of little references and winks to the audience here and there to keep you happy.

The story focuses on wartime Emmerdale (or more correctly, Beckindale), and the story is told from the perspective of some of the main players of the time - Annie Pearson and her never before seen fiancé, Jacob; George Verney who was the original Lord of the Manor, and Seth's attempts to woo a young Betty Prendergast. It's good to see the Sugdens back as the main family in Emmerdale, if only in the form of a "prequel".

It was also a treat to be introduced to some characters whom we never got to meet, such as the one-armed veteran landlord of the Woolpack and the original owners of the corner shop.

For the most part, the book is in keeping with the series, and you don't feel like it's ventured too far off into its own little world, but there is the occasional inaccuracy or question mark. This is mostly due to the fact that anyone particularly anal about continuity will be trying to reconcile the current village with Arncliffe and Esholt (the original filming locations). I think also the big house is referred to as Home Farm at various times - but I have a feeling it was only called Miffield Hall when the series first started. My guess would be that the majority of people wouldn't be bothered by such things!

If I had one complaint about the book, is that it starts turning into a bit of village of deviants at various points - lesbian crushes, one-night stands and even affairs.
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